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ABC
Mar 24, 2011 4:00am EDT
elizabeth taylor. >>> good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. the first week of spring has come in with a bang, hitting some big chunks of the country, with everything from tornados to even heavy snow. >> in fact, one twister touched down in northern california last night. it damaged a half-dozen homes along a path that stretched at least a mile long. as the state braces for more nasty weather, cleanup continues in the east, after severe storms rip through pennsylvania. we get the latest from brad wheelis. >> reporter: neighborhoods in suburban pittsburgh were blown apart by a powerful tornado. at least 40 homes and a school in hempfield were damaged, moments after last night's funnel cloud sighting. >> i was scared to death. with my wife and kids. we were just scared to death. >> reporter: a similar scene of destruction in nebraska and iowa. >> all you could see was debris flying around. >> reporter: the twisters hit rural areas between omaha and sioux city. >> the garage just went boom. >> reporter: property owners wasted no time rebuilding. floodwaters are rising in
ABC
Mar 25, 2011 4:00am EDT
high gear. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. there is a major change in command in enforcing that no-fly zone over libya. libya -- nato has agreed to take charge of those operations. >> and the changeover from u.s. hands could take place as early as tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us now from washington with the latest details. >> reporter: the u.s. has been cutting back on its role in this no-fly zone enforcement. in fact, just yesterday, the pentagon said 75% of the combat missions are now flown by the coalition partners. soon, this transition is going to be official. the no-fly zone over libya that has international support is now getting international enforcement. >> nato allies have now decided to enforce the no-fly zone over libya. >> reporter: the announcement made late yesterday, means the u.s. plans to hand over command and control of the no-fly zone by this weekend. and the united arab emirates is now on board. >> we welcome this important step. it underscores both the breadth of this international coalition and the depth of concern in the
ABC
Mar 7, 2011 4:00am EST
morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. it's the recent surge in gas price. this morning, the president is considering drastic measures to turn it around. >> here's why. according to one survey, the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.47. 7 cents higher than last year this time. >> emily schmidt has details. >> reporter: good morning to you. the calendar says march, but it might as well be memorial day when it comes to gas prices. they are going up higher and faster than anytime in history. and now, some are asking the president, what are you going to do about it. with gas prices skyrocketing, americans are reaching their limits earlier. >> i cannot afford to fill up the tank. >> reporter: the nationwide average is $3.38 a gallon. a new lundberg survey says that's up 33 cents in two week. the second biggest price increase on record means spending more. >> up until this point, $50 about every two weeks. and now, it's gone up to $60 every two weeks, now, we're up to almost $75. >> reporter: the prices go with the middle east uprising. so far there are no shortages, just
ABC
Mar 22, 2011 4:00am EDT
loyalty to gadhafi. he told us he stepped down because gadhafi had gone too far, killing protesters. then, there are the rebel political leaders. what do they want? you understand there's a lot of apprehension in the united states. the government feels like they don't know you very well. we really do understand american fear, he said. assuring us, they want democracy, with political parties, a new constitution and elections. as these rebels march on in their quest to oust gadhafi, little denying that the u.s. has thrown its significant military weight, behind a disjointed group they're still getting to know. alex marquardt, abc news, benghazi, in eastern libya. >>> four "new york times" journalists have been released from captivity in libya. they described the details of their capture, including threats of decapitation. the only wham, lindsay adore owe told her you're going to die tonight. >>> now, to japan, where the delicate work of restoring power to the crippled nuclear facility the moving forward. this morning, the power was turned back on at a third reactor. water is being dou
ABC
Mar 28, 2011 4:00am EDT
obama tells the american people why the u.s. thread effort. abc's emily schmidt joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: peggy and rob good morning to you. this is now day ten of the no-fly zone over libya. president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. he's expected to say the u.s. acted quickly to void catastrophe. libyan rebels say the actions have made a difference. rebels advance more than 350 miles over the weekend on a march towards tripoli that includes moammar gadhafi's hometown. >> never again. >> reporter: rebels tried this path before but were pushed back, now, they have the backing of nato which announced yesterday it's taking over coalition military operations. >> nato in commence or aspect of the u.n. resolution, nothing more. nothing less. >> reporter: nature those increased role means u.s. will hand over control. defense secretary robert gates says military missions are are to a very long extent are completed. >> i think we have prevented the large-scale slaughter that was beginning to to take place, has taken place in some cases. >> reporter: cri
ABC
Mar 3, 2011 4:00am EST
. >> those responsible will be brought to justice. emily schmidt joins us now for the waitest. >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. we're waiting to learn the names of the two aram who were killed in the attack. they were about to be deployed overseas to begin a mission. inste at least a dozen air force security personnel had arrived from england, on their way to a u.s. base in germany. law enforcement officials say the alleged gunman walked up to them, began arguing, and pulled out an automatic weapon. nine rounds later, when his gun jammed, two airmen were dead, two more wounded. the other airmen grabbed the shooter while he continued to shout, jihad, jihad. >> we will spare no effort, in learning how this outrageous act took place. >> reporter: president obama made an unexpected appearance at the white house press briefing, to talk about the attack. while german chancellor, angela merkel, vowed to do everything possible to investigate the incident. sources say the shooter was arid uka. his parents moved to germany decades ago, from kosovo. last night, his relatives in kosov
ABC
Mar 31, 2011 4:00am EDT
in london and has resigned. >> emily schmidt joins us with more. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. libyan rebels have lost key ground this week but they may have gained secret help from the u.s. libyan rebels are outnumbered and outzbgunned by moammar gadhafi's force. and now more rebel forces may come from outside. >> broader question of assistance to the opposition is one that we're looking at very closely. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, president obama has signed a secret presidential finding authorizing covert operations to stop rebels. the president could make a decision to do so in the future. that would put more focus on those fighting gadhafi. >> you can who are those guys, you're going to think about whether or not you really want to arm them. because our history of arming groups we don't know hasn't been a terribly good one. >> we don't know as much as we would like to know and as much as we expect we will know. >> reporter: there are reports the cia already sent in small groups of operatives to libya and international envoys are beginning to meet with rebels.
ABC
Mar 4, 2011 4:00am EST
: mr. obama has approved the use of u.s. military aircraft and civilian flights to help refugees. and he left open the idea of establishing a no-fly zone over libya, which senator john mccain has called for. >> what are the chances that in his desperation, that gadhafi just starts to kill people? we all admit he's insane. so, wouldn't we want to prevent that from happening? >> reporter: defense secretary robert gates says inforcement is not simple. >> a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya to destroy the air defenses. it is a big operation in a big country. >> reporter: mommar gadhafi has warned thousands of libyans will die if the u.s. or nato intervenes. hundreds have died already. and one doctor says he knows there are more casualties ahead. >> this is my job. this is my job. >> reporter: today, there are protests all across the region planned for what's being called a day of rage. the turnout in tripoli, which is controlled by mommar gadhafi, could be one signal of the strength that remains of his power in the capital city. >> thank you. >>> there's a major breakthrough in t
ABC
Mar 29, 2011 4:00am EDT
hear what she did to get it. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama takes his case for military action against libya on the road today. it will be part of a major speech that mr. obama gives later today. >> right here in new york. >> and last night, the president spoke to the nation to defend his choices and also to announce that nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with all the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. before president obama used the word libya last night, he said the words international effort. and he said the world had had a responsibility to act. president obama, explaining the u.s. involvement in libya, said it was the right thing to do. >> the united states and the world faced a choice. gadhafi declared he would show no mercy to his own people. it was not in our national interest to let that happen. i refused to let that happen. >> reporter: mr. obama said in ten days, the coalition stopped moammar gadhafi's advance, doing so
ABC
Mar 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
appearance. she is live for us in washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. this is the first time we've seen moammar gadhafi since the no-fly zone enforcement began. and if he is worried about war planes over his country, he didn't show it. anti-aircraft fire in tripoli lit up the libyan capital for a fourth night. while moammar gadhafi made his first appearance in a week. libyan tv broadcast what it said was a live speech outside gadhafi's compound. he said, in the short term, we'll beat them. in the long term, we'll beat them. president obama wrapping up a south american tour, said the no-fly zone enforcement is working. >> we're going to be in the process, now, having eliminated his air defenses, of being able to bring the international coalition in. >> reporter: the u.s. cost of combat became clear yesterday when the pentagon said to a mechanical problem downed this f-15 fighter jet east of benghazi. the two crew members were safely rescued. in a nearby hospital, a doctor said he welcomed this international help. >> if they don't come to
ABC
Mar 2, 2011 4:00am EST
topped $100 a barrel yesterday. gas is up 20 cents a gallon this week. >> it's killing us. we don't go anywhere but work and home. >> we could see gasoline between $4 and $5 a gallon by memorial day. maybe sooner. >> reporter: in washington, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke said, though economic recovery is speeding up higher oil prices could be a threat. >> sustained rises in the prices of oil or other commodities would expect a threat both to economic growth and to overall price stability. >> reporter: just yesterday, general motors reported its february sales were up 49%. in fact, all of the major auto companies said they had double-digit gains. now, they are hoping that these higher gas prices don't get in the way of finally higher sales. mike and peggy? >> absolutely. all right. emily schmidt, live this morning from washington. thank you. >>> now, to the weather and a preview of what could be ahead for a huge stretch of the country, floods. >> every 1 of ohio's 88 counties have been on guard, against rivers threatening to overflow. one town in northwest ohio knows the danger
ABC
Mar 30, 2011 4:00am EDT
us today. there has been a major setback for anti-government forces in libya. rebels are now running from the towns of brega and ras la nuf, after being hammered by gadhafi's forces. >> and there's debate in washington, whether the u.s. should help the rebels by providing them with weapons. emily schmidt has the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. president obama says he is looking at all options to support the rebels. but when members of the international diplomatic community met in london and had a chance to talk about it, one member said the talk of arming rebels didn't come up. with nato set to take command of military operation, president obama says moammar gadhafi is feeling the pressure. >> the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening. their days are probably numbered. >> reporter: diplomats from more than three dozen countries met in london yesterday, to discuss libya in a potential post-gadhafi era. >> we must help people plan for their future after the conflict is over. >> reporter: but forces loyal to gadhafi are pus
ABC
Mar 1, 2011 4:00am EST
there were demonstrators or protesters in libya. and he was loved by all. >> emily schmidt joins us from washington now, with more on gadhafi and more reaction from the white house. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning, peggy and rob. for two weeks now, protesters have been taking control of city after city. but it turns out his view of what's happening is about as different as it can get. despite anti-government protesters closing in around moammar gadhafi's capital city, the libyan leader insisted to abc's christiane amanpour, that there are no protesters in his country at all. >> they love me. all my people love me. they love me all. >> but if they do love you -- >> they will die to protect me, my people. >> reporter: amanpour is the only american reporter to sit down with gadhafi. he says he has not ordered his own people killed. although the u.n. estimates hundreds, if not thousands, have died. >> the international community is concerned about stockpiles of mustard gas or other kinds of chemical weapons. would you ever use those? >> translator: it's not reasonable tha
ABC
Mar 8, 2011 4:00am EST
taking us. >> reporter: there are no gas shortages yet. that doesn't reduce consumers to finding the lowest of the high prices. >> some stations have raised their prices. and some stations are slower to raise their price. it can pay off very much so. >> reporter: in the meantime, higher gas prices carry some unexpected costs. >> i got out and checked. maybe there was a gas leak or something. and it was open. the gas tank was open. >> reporter: this georgia woman was hit by gas thieves. and with fuel 77 cents higher today than this time last year, she says she will have to wait to fill up again. the white house says that tapping into the strategic oil reserve remains an option. but only if there's a major disruption in supply. the white house is not going so far as to say exactly what price could trigger that move. rob and peggy? >> very interesting. emily schmidt, live from washington in morning. thank you. >>> we're following a developing story in pakistan. a car bomb has gone off in the third-largest city. it's the hometown to the christian minister in the pakistani government who
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